Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran wins Egypt's Nile Award
Egypt's Supreme Council for Culture (SCC) has announced the winners of its state awards, presented to those who have outstanding achievements in the fields of art, literature and social sciences.
The SCC's highest honour, the Nile Award, was presented to four individuals, including Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran who was given the Nile Award for the Most Creative Arab Personality.
Badran has long been considered a pioneer of modern Islamic architecture. The recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995 for the Great Mosque of Riyadh, Badran has built an extensive portfolio of more than 400 projects across the Middle East that span the religious, cultural, educational and hospitality sectors, as well as residential, commercial and healthcare. His office, Dar Al-Omran, has three regional offices in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
In addition to his built work, which includes the Abu Dhabi Court House Complex, the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre and the Bujeiri development, all of which have largely contributed to the development and notions of identity and context across the Middle East, Badran further contributes to regional architecture through public talks and engagement with regional initiatives, like the Tamayouz Excellence Award, for which he judges on the Rifat Chadirji Prize.
In addition to Badran's Most Creative Arab Personality prize, the Nile Award in Literature was given to critic and former Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour and the Nile Award in Arts was given to painter Ahmed Nawwar. Political Science professor and former Minister of Higher Education Moufid Shehab won the Nile Award in Social Sciences.
The Nile Award for the Most Creative Arab Personality was added to the Nile Awards programme last year in the hopes of strengthening ties between Egypt and other Arab nationals.
In addition to a gold medal, each winner of the Nile Award received EGP 500,000.
The SCC's awards programme also includes the Appreciation Awards, Excellency Awards and Encouragement Awards, which also acknowledge professionals in the fields of social sciences, art and literature.